This 7-Year-Old Who Started His Own Recycling Company Is Working To Save The Planet

"Ta-da ... I have my own business."

There are a few important reasons why 7-year-old Ryan loves recycling: it keeps bottles and cans out of our oceans, it saves animals' lives, and it saves our planet, too. 

In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the young boy sat down to talk about his recycling company, Ryan's Recycling, and how it all started after a trip to the recycling center with his dad. 

"We got home with maybe, like, five bucks and then I went out into the street and said, 'ta-da ... I have my own business," he says.

After that, "Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors save their cans and bottles for Ryan, but so did their friends, families and co-workers," Ryan's website explains. Now, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA. 

Ryan works with his family to keep up his incredible business, recycling over 200,000 bottles and cans and earning 10 thousand dollars, some of which he plans to use to buy a garbage truck. 

Moreover, Ryan's Recycling has donated nearly $2,000 to charity; specifically the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in California, which works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals while promoting education and conducting research. 

You can find out more about Ryan and his work below and on his website here.



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